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March 2016

Male Allies for Leadership Equality: Learning from Nigeria’s Experience

IFES seeks to address how men and women can work together in leadership, particularly when a country is in the midst of conflict or undergoing a political transition, by developing a Male Allies for Leadership Equality training curriculum. Following a first round of focus group discussions with Syrians living in Gaziantep, Turkey, IFES met with a wide variety of Nigerian stakeholders in an effort to understand if and how male and female leaders were working together given the progress Nigeria’s institutions have made on gender equality and women’s empowerment.


The Electoral Integrity Project’s The Year in Elections 2015

The Electoral Integrity Project (EIP) is an independent research project based at the University of Sydney and Harvard University. The EIP brings together scholars and practitioners from around the world to discuss effective research and how to design evidence-based programming that will increase the integrity of elections. Since the EIP’s inception, IFES has been an active participant in the project and we are pleased to forward on the EIP’s latest report, The Year in Elections 2015, which highlights the key challenges election stakeholders face as they work to administer credible elections.

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Taking Stock of Uganda’s 2016 General Elections

On February 18, Uganda held general elections for President and Parliament. More than 10.3 million Ugandan citizens cast their votes at 28,010 polling stations across the country, with voter turnout reaching 63.5 percent. Largely peaceful, the elections were one of the most competitive in Ugandan history. However, opposition parties have contested the outcome and called for an independent audit of the results by an international commission. This post-election Q&A covers the importance of these elections, IFES’ role in supporting the electoral process, and the political environment and security situation before and during the vote.

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Mapping Myanmar: Q&A with Michael Lidauer, IFES Senior Elections and Conflict Adviser

Myanmar’s November 2015 elections marked an important milestone in the country’s democratic transition. IFES provided technical assistance to the Union Election Commission and worked with civil society in preparation for the polls. IFES Myanmar Senior Election and Conflict Adviser Michael Lidauer also worked with the Myanmar Information Management Unit to produce electoral maps that had previously never existed. In this Q&A, Lidauer discusses what led to the development of the mapping project, the challenges in producing the maps, and how they were used in the electoral process.

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Notes on Democracy

An open letter, signed by IFES President and CEO Bill Sweeney, among others, to the U.S. presidential candidates calls for an elevation of democracy and human right to a prominent place on their respective foreign policy agendas. The 139 signatories assert that the United States must exercise leadership, in league with our democratic allies, to support homegrown efforts to make societies freer and governments more democratic.

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Dr. Beata Martin-Rozumiłowicz is the Regional Director for Europe and Eurasia at IFES. Previously, she headed the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODHIR) Election Department in Warsaw, serving as its Deputy from 2009 to 2011. In this podcast, Dr. Martin-Rozumiłowicz discusses what inspires her work, how democracy is defined, and why IFES supports the inclusion of marginalized groups in the electoral process.


Work with IFES

IFES seeks an experienced and motivated individual for a Chief Financial Officer position. We are also accepting applications for a Senior Election Adviser position in Timor-Leste.

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